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The JT I bought had the basic Uconnect 3 radio with the 5” display in it, no nav or Apple CarPlay. Since I was buying off the lot I didn’t really have a choice to upgrade to one of the bigger Uconnect radio unit with all the bells and whistles. So I took the money saved and got the Overlander. Is it worth the price they’re asking for it? Probably not, if I had not saved a lot of money by not getting the bigger radio the decision to get one might had been a different one. But on sale? Absolutely yes. I do not regret it. Out of the box it got everything you need to navigate on and off road. Is it perfect? No, but it does pretty well. Map and software upgrade (free) comes pretty regularly, and the integration with other Garmin products (In Reach, camera, PowerSwitch) is a big feature that should not be discounted.

Being an Android tablet, it is pretty easy to “sideload” the Gaia GPS or BRMB (Back Road Mapbook) app right on it, or any other app you want, and then you have the best of both world. I still have Gaia and BRMB on my phone as a backup or complement, but with this setup I don’t feel the need to run a separate tablet to run nav.

Paired with the RAM Mount Tough-Track the magnetic mount is fantastic! Even with the doors and roof off I just need to grab the Overlander and secure it behind the seat or take it with me. Super easy, nothing to connect and disconnect. Super clean install, big enough to be easy to read without being so big as to get in the way.

Garmin Explore (which is used to create waypoints, routes and such) can be a pain in the ass to use when creating a long route, but it is very easy to import something created elsewhere (e.g. Gaia) in it and then you just need to sync the Overlander and your stuff is moved over.

So yes, I would recommend the Overlander for someone that doesn’t already have a tablet setup for their nav or a radio with nav and Apple CarPlay. Even better if on sale! It is not perfect, but it’s pretty close, and anyway, what is perfect nowadays?
The new power switch is pretty cool. It’s a nice way to integrate everything with a product you might already own.
 

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The new power switch is pretty cool. It’s a nice way to integrate everything with a product you might already own.
It is! Too bad it's like a bit more than twice the price of a Rugged Ridge MLC-6 Switch bank... It's even more expensive than the stock MOPAR switch bank! So unless I find it on sale in the near future I don't think I can justify spending that much. On top of that I would need to fabric a bracket for installing it in the Jeep, which add to the cost. But having my switches directly on the Overlander would be pretty cool, that's for sure.
 
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It is! Too bad it's like a bit more than twice the price of a Rugged Ridge MLC-6 Switch bank... It's even more expensive than the stock MOPAR switch bank! So unless I find it on sale in the near future I don't think I can justify spending that much. On top of that I would need to fabric a bracket for installing it in the Jeep, which add to the cost. But having my switches directly on the Overlander would be pretty cool, that's for sure.
I never even thought of trying to load Gaia on to my Overlander..... Do you have any documentation on how you did that? I have a big trip in 2 days so don't have too long to mess around figuring it out on my own.


Edit* never mind I think I figured it out
 
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I never even thought of trying to load Gaia on to my Overlander..... Do you have any documentation on how you did that? I have a big trip in 2 days so don't have too long to mess around figuring it out on my own.


Edit* never mind I think I figured it out
Are you good to go? Talking about sideloading made me realize yesterday that I could install the OB app on the Overlander and it works!
 
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I think, as a very new "overlander" this will be worth the expense for the reasons stated by mep1811. I just hope it wont be obsolete before I get good use out of it!
 

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I purchase three of the Overlanders for our Search and Rescue trucks, I liked them because they are simple to operate in street or Topo modes and anybody can jump in the truck run it. I use Gaia on my iPad for my personal use and for work. The one that works best it the one you learn how to use and can pop it open type in a point and get moving. Gaia turned off the landowner overlay so I am not happy with them and you can put a landowner chip in the Overland unit for about another hundred dollars. You need to be able to see it while you are driving (but don't be playing with it while your driving) so if you find a good deal and don't want to mess around with iPad ram mounts then the Overlander is a good unit.
 
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I have the Overlander and a tablet running Gaia. I like having both.

Gaia is not a plug and play system. You have to D/L maps for where you are going to be. Routes and POIs have to be entered. Gaia does not giver turn by turn directions or any directions at all. You follow a route you entered into the program.

The Overlander has off grid no cell signal dependent operability. On the trail and want to know how far gas is ? Gaia can't tell you that but the Overlander will. Closest campgrounds? The Overlander can tell you not Gaia.

Many people forget there is not always a cell signal to depend on. Garmin does not need that cell signal to work.

agreed. we just came back from doing the Grand Staircase... no cell signal. gaia and on x... didn't work. i used my old gps and papermaps.

old school.
 

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agreed. we just came back from doing the Grand Staircase... no cell signal. gaia and on x... didn't work. i used my old gps and papermaps.

old school.
Gaia and Onx should work fine without cell service...but only if you download the maps. I use both when traveling and hunting in areas with no cell service, and they work great with the downloaded maps.
 
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Gaia and Onx should work fine without cell service...but only if you download the maps. I use both when traveling and hunting in areas with no cell service, and they work great with the downloaded maps.
GAIA and Onx are good only if preloaded with maps and routes. Neither can tell you were the nearest gas or lodging is or how to get there. Garmin can do that
 
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No argument. I was only responding to the statement that neither Gaia nor OnX worked without cell service.
 
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I recently purchased the overlander GPS...I like it so far but feel it could be so much more...understand I am a heavy garmin user with a ZUMO XT on my BMW GSA a fenix 6 on my wrist, a VIRB on my helmet and a inreach mini normally strapped to my bike jacket...
Garmin needs to consolidate computer/phone apps into one...I think I'm close to 4 apsp and 3 programs for the garmin gear...Would also like to have seen inclusion of the overlander on the Garmin Drive app as I feel it offers better traffic alerts as opposed to the HD traffic antenna cable which should have been included BTW...Is garmin earthmate and explorer necessary?...this is the kinda stuff that needs combining...simplify downloading of sat imagery...and lets get map overlays with some transparency control going on
 

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I recently purchased the overlander GPS...I like it so far but feel it could be so much more...understand I am a heavy garmin user with a ZUMO XT on my BMW GSA a fenix 6 on my wrist, a VIRB on my helmet and a inreach mini normally strapped to my bike jacket...
Garmin needs to consolidate computer/phone apps into one...I think I'm close to 4 apsp and 3 programs for the garmin gear...Would also like to have seen inclusion of the overlander on the Garmin Drive app as I feel it offers better traffic alerts as opposed to the HD traffic antenna cable which should have been included BTW...Is garmin earthmate and explorer necessary?...this is the kinda stuff that needs combining...simplify downloading of sat imagery...and lets get map overlays with some transparency control going on
The Garmin app ecosystem is so flippin annoying it's why I don't have many Garmin devices anymore. I have no idea why I have to have separate phone apps and PC applications for literally everything. I mean just the fact the Oregon hiking GPS and inReach use different apps is beyond annoying.
 
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I recently purchased the overlander GPS...I like it so far but feel it could be so much more...understand I am a heavy garmin user with a ZUMO XT on my BMW GSA a fenix 6 on my wrist, a VIRB on my helmet and a inreach mini normally strapped to my bike jacket...
Garmin needs to consolidate computer/phone apps into one...I think I'm close to 4 apsp and 3 programs for the garmin gear...Would also like to have seen inclusion of the overlander on the Garmin Drive app as I feel it offers better traffic alerts as opposed to the HD traffic antenna cable which should have been included BTW...Is garmin earthmate and explorer necessary?...this is the kinda stuff that needs combining...simplify downloading of sat imagery...and lets get map overlays with some transparency control going on
I agree. Garmin does make a lot of very useful gear. And I think Gaia has its own niche capabilities.
 
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I use the Montana 700i. I looked at the overlander and I like it. I just thought that the Montana was more practical for out of vehicle use also.

I really was interested in the inReach capability, the overlander will require an additional inReach device to give this ability. When I get to a hiking trail I take the Montana out of its holder and put it in a carrier I bought off of Amazon. It records my hiking and gives me the inReach SOS if I need it.

The Montana includes most of the features of the Overlander including the access to POI, gas, camp grounds etc. The maps for almost everywhere are pre-loaded. I use the Montana with the garmin connect/explore apps, as well as gaia, onx, and overland pro on my samsung tablet. If the tablet dies I can still use the Montana screen to navigate.

There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.

EDIT: I meant Backcountry Navigator Pro, not overland Pro.... sorry.....brain fart.
 
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I use the Montana 700i. I looked at the overlander and I like it. I just thought that the Montana was more practical for out of vehicle use also.

I really was interested in the inReach capability, the overlander will require an additional inReach device to give this ability. When I get to a hiking trail I take the Montana out of its holder and put it in a carrier I bought off of Amazon. It records my hiking and gives me the inReach SOS if I need it.

The Montana includes most of the features of the Overlander including the access to POI, gas, camp grounds etc. The maps for almost everywhere are pre-loaded. I use the Montana with the garmin connect/explore apps, as well as gaia, onx, and overland pro on my samsung tablet. If the tablet dies I can still use the Montana screen to navigate.

There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.
I came from the Montana 600. When I purchased my Inreach 66I the Montana was not released yet. If I had it to do over again, I would have bought the Montana 700I. I really like my 66I and my Explorer, but would prefer one unit. Based on my Montana experience I believe the 700I would be a better fit for me. I am not unhappy, but would like one unit.
 
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There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.
You can get around this if you use Garmin Basecamp instead of Garmin Explore.
 

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There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.
You can get around this if you use Garmin Basecamp instead of Garmin Explore.
I will check out base camp. Thanks for the info!
 
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I use the Montana 700i. I looked at the overlander and I like it. I just thought that the Montana was more practical for out of vehicle use also.

I really was interested in the inReach capability, the overlander will require an additional inReach device to give this ability. When I get to a hiking trail I take the Montana out of its holder and put it in a carrier I bought off of Amazon. It records my hiking and gives me the inReach SOS if I need it.

The Montana includes most of the features of the Overlander including the access to POI, gas, camp grounds etc. The maps for almost everywhere are pre-loaded. I use the Montana with the garmin connect/explore apps, as well as gaia, onx, and overland pro on my samsung tablet. If the tablet dies I can still use the Montana screen to navigate.

There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.
I came from the Montana 600. When I purchased my Inreach 66I the Montana was not released yet. If I had it to do over again, I would have bought the Montana 700I. I really like my 66I and my Explorer, but would prefer one unit. Based on my Montana experience I believe the 700I would be a better fit for me. I am not unhappy, but would like one unit.
That was a big reason that I chose the Montana. The inReach was super important because if you drive 1 hr from town your cell reception is crap. I give the wife frequent preset "I'm ok, here I am " messages.
 
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